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about rosa parks. no question it was a big moment and the media took notice. cnn said that rosa parks was a tired seamstress, she was the troublemaker. but, as you point out, was a first-class troublemaker. so how did the image of her change? what did people understand of her at the time in 1955? >> there were two things that worked. certainly, during the boycott, a background of her political history for the safety of her. they play it down, put it on the back burner. they talk about her as a good, christian women. they do not foreground her political history, in part because -- this is 1955. this is the cold war. they are immediately renovated. all sorts of crazy rumors come out about her. she is an naacp plant, she is mexican -- all manner of rumors in montgomery spring up. in part, to counter the idea that these are outside forces coming to montgomery, there is a tendency to talk about her just as a local woman, a seamstress, christian. in the decades afterwards, that takes on a life of its own, in terms of her political history. rosa parks also leaves montgomery in 1957 and spend
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